Classification Models of Mental Disorders, with Special Focus on Childhood



Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semester 1-4

Typically offered in

Autumn/Spring semester

Course description

During this semester students get acquainted with the development of the different classification systems and those factors which motivate this process.
The course discusses how the main psychiatric disorders are categorized according to the different classification systems. In this way students get to know the different aspects of the mental disorders.

Moreover the course discusses how the standardized classification of mental disorders based on scientific data contributes to the improvement of the diagnoses and treatments of these disorders through different cultures and countries.

The course discusses the utilization of the classification systems in different fields as clinical practise, research, education, epidemiology and public health. The course provides knowledge on the limitations of the current classification systems. The cousre has a special focus on childhood. It discusses those childhood characteristics as well which are not taken into account in the classification systems.

  • American Psychiatric Association (2013). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.
  • Costello EA, Egger H, Angold A. (2005) 10-year Research Update review: The epidemiology of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Disorders: I. Methods and Public Health Burden. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psych, 44(10):972-986.
  • Mellsop G, Lutchman R, Lillis S, Dutu G. (2011) The Views of Psychiatrists, General Practitioners, Psychologists and Consumers on Aspects of Present and Preferred Classification Systems. 26:61-63.
  • Saxena S, Reed GM. (2011) Needs and Priorities for the Development of ICD-11 Mental and Behavioural Disorders. Europ Psychiatry 26:2-5.
  • World Health Organization (1992). The ICD-10 classification of mental and behavioral disorders. Geneva: World Health Organization.